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Legal & Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice – Sequence VII: APA Trust Risk Management Ethics Workshop Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues Presented by Retirement

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Co-sponsored by Rivier University & The Trust

Workshop Description:

The times they are a changing.  The continued dominance of managed care companies over third-party reimbursement and the new uncertainty created by the Affordable Care Act in both the private and public sectors have increased the complexity of the legal and regulatory environment faced by psychologists.  In this unpredictable environment, the need to avoid adverse disciplinary events remains an important priority and an active risk management strategy is still an essential element of professional practice. 

After a brief introduction describing The Trust’s Risk Management Philosophy and Strategy, this workshop will focus on three specific topic areas: working with couples and families, working with potentially suicidal clients, and the ethical and legal challenges of developing a  professionally and personally appropriate retirement strategy.

The workshop is applicable to psychologists working in all types of settings where health services are provided. 

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help participants:

1. Discuss The Trust Risk Management Philosophy, including strategies for identifying high-risk situations and managing professional practice risks

2. Identify strategies for managing potential conflicts in conjoint treatment with couples and families

3. Identify risk management strategies in working with children with particular emphasis on the risks associated with divorced or divorcing families

4. Identify essential risk management strategies for assessing and managing outpatient suicide risk

5. Identify “post-vention” strategies for managing risk after a patient suicide

6. Identify “self-care” strategies for psychologists who have suffered the loss of a patient to suicide

7. Describe the different professional retirement pathways

8. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various strategies in planning for your own personal and professional retirement

9. Describe how to effectively and ethically close a professional practice

The Presenter:

Amanda D. Zelechoski is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney. Dr. Zelechoski received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Brookline, MA) and is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has worked clinically with adults, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings.

Dr. Zelechoski is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University, where she also serves as coordinator of the Dual Degree Graduate Programs in Law and Psychology. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including ethics and professional development in psychology, and provides clinical supervision to graduate students. Her primary research interests include forensic and mental health assessment, at-risk, delinquent, and traumatized youth, child custody and child welfare, and the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy. She also conducts research related to best practices in teaching and training in the areas of psychology, law, and trauma. In addition to her teaching and research interests, Dr. Zelechoski conducts forensic and psychological evaluations and has provided training and consultation to numerous mental health, law enforcement, and correctional agencies.




This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 


Amanda D. Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPPC

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